The Real Art of Inspiring Others

How do you get to the place where you can inspire people by speaking, presenting or giving a speech? You begin by really believing in what you’re saying by having conviction about what you’re expressing and being whole and undiluted about the principles you’re teaching your audience. You’re getting them to see something they haven’t seen before. You’re moving your audience by getting them to discover and explore while you deliver. It’s an education within pure adventure.

Inspiration Starts with You

Certainly, you have to be inspired in order to inspire others. Draw from what has and is inspiring you. Leadership is about inspiration; it’s about leading your audience to do something and making them feel that it’s worth experiencing the journey. If you’re not inspired about your message, you can’t expect them to be.

Mapping the Future

Inspirational speakers get their audiences to change their minds not only by predicting consequences but also by offering alternative visions of the future.

Think Susan B. Anthony in her rousing 1873 speech, “On Women’s Right to Vote,” which brilliantly lays out the reasons why women, as US citizens, should have the right to vote.

Think John F. Kennedy in his message to Congress in 1961, when he challenged the American people to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

Think Ronald Reagan in 1987 at the Brandenburg Gate when he challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

Think Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech.

These are powerful examples of people who shared their visions for how the future could be-and made a real difference in the world.

Motivating the Unmotivated

When I’m sitting in an audience, I want to be taken somewhere. I’m willing to follow the speaker wherever they take me, as long as they keep me interested. And most people are like me. A good 80 percent of people in any audience-a majority-really want to change. But then there are the 20 percent or so who not only aren’t interested in changing but are actively doing their darnedest not to.

So what I like to do is to get people to understand the consequences of their inaction. If you can make them understand what will happen if they continue to do nothing-if you can really make them see what a difference it will make if they act-you can lead them toward movement and transformation. You want that light bulb to turn on in people’s minds by creating this urgency to improve or change and take action to do so.

The Bottom Line

If you want to inspire people, you have to take them somewhere, wake them up, and show or express something to them that will galvanize them to act.

Joe Yazbeck,

Author Best Seller No Fear Speaking – President, Prestige Leadership Advisors

“Joe Yazbeck’s book No Fear Speaking is essential for anyone who wants to deliver effective speeches. It is a road map to success. Follow his formula and you will present great speeches!”

-Bill Lenahan, CEO, OffSite Vision Holdings, Inc, Former CEO Bell South & Cingular Wireless

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